Family and adolescent medicine, specialty surgical care and psychiatric services will soon be available at a single Grand Island location, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announced Thursday.
The doors will open Monday, June 29, at Memorial's new Grand Island Primary Care Center, 2608 Grand Island Blvd., adjacent to Rocky's Island Pizza. The new center will be a multispecialty center that will introduce care by a number of board-certified specialists over the next few months.
"This new Grand Island Primary Care Center fulfills our vision for bringing a more extensive selection of high-demand medical services to the residents of Grand Island and surrounding communities," Memorial President and CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo said.
Originally located on Grand Island, the Grand Island Primary Care Center temporarily moved to Memorial's North Tonawanda outpatient site in late 2014 as the medical center secured and sought regulatory approval for a modern, expanded Grand Island facility. When the new facility opens June 29, Dr. Willard Ruth and Dr. Rosalind Nolan Sulaiman will move their practice back to Grand Island for the provision of family medicine, internal medicine and adolescent care.
"The scope of available care will then increase dramatically during the coming months," Memorial Vice President of Service Line Operations Sanjay Chadha said.
Surgeons Bala Thatigotla, M.D., and Vikram Vattipally, M.D., will begin holding Grand Island office hours this summer. Dr. Bala, as he is known, and Vattipally specialize in minimally invasive general, laparoscopic, robotic and bariatric surgery, as well as complex hernia and abdominal reconstruction surgeries.
"Introducing these specialists will make board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons readily accessible to those who live and work on Grand Island," Chadha said. "This is a big win for the community."
Also joining the staff in late summer at the Grand Island Primary Care Center will be two new psychiatric care providers: Dr. Lauren Uslinov and board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner Vivian Gerard.
Uslinov is a former chief resident of the Hennepin County Medical Center-Regions Hospital psychiatry-training program in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, and a member of the American Psychiatric Association.
Gerard, a graduate of the SUNY Buffalo School of Nursing and a licensed clinical social worker, has worked for Lakeshore Behavioral Health and the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Health. She is a former director of outpatient treatment at Northpointe Council Inc.
"More and more, we are seeing the advantages of integrating primary care with health services such as those to be offered by Dr. Uslinov and Ms. Gerard," Chadha said. "Providing care in a holistic fashion helps people live longer, healthier lives and we are very pleased to be bringing this level of care to Grand Island."